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Employment Eligibility Verification (E-Verify)

E-Verify is an electronic, internet-based system that compares a candidate's I-9 Form (Employee Eligibility Verification), data from the Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to verify if a candidate is eligible to work in the United States.

How does E-Verify communicate the results?

According to, the results will be one of the following:

Case Results Overview

  • Employment Authorized - The employee's information matched records available to SSA and/or DHS.
  • Verification In Process - This case was referred to DHS for further verification.
  • Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) - Information did not match records available to SSA and/or DHS. Additional action is required.
  • Case in Continuance - The employee has visited an SSA field office or contacted DHS, but more time is needed to determine a final case result.
  • Close Case and Resubmit - SSA or DHS requires that you close the case and create a new case for this employee. This result may be issued when the employee's U.S. passport, passport card, or driver's license information is incorrect.
  • Final Nonconfirmation - E-Verify cannot confirm the employee's employment eligibility after the employee visited SSA or contacted DHS.

Why use E-Verify?

  • Checking on a candidate's legal ability to work in the United States is becoming increasingly important in order to reduce your hiring risk.
  • It is required by law for many organizations. (for example: employers with federal contracts or subcontracts that contain the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify as a condition of federal contracting)

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